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Dec 16 2010

In what seems to be a ‘bolt out of the blue’, Freesat have issued a channel update which gives access to BBC iPlayer and ITV Player via channels 901 and 903 respectively.

ITV Player isn’t currently available, stating “Arriving soon in 2011″, but iPlayer is fully functional, as it is through the red button on the regular BBC channels.

This is a master stroke as far as we are concerned, as on-demand services are becoming more popular so in our opinion should have their own allocated channel position.

The update has also meant that the category ‘Interactive’ has now been renamed ‘On Demand’.

97 Responses to “Freesat Assign BBC iPlayer and ITV Player Channel Slots”

  1. Shaun Says:

    Well it’s a start I guess, although 2011 is 2011. Could it be January or December 2011?

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  2. GaseousClay Says:

    On my humax it’s reporting that I have no internet connection via BBC iplayer channel 901… ok just tuned away and back now showing

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  3. Richard Crichton Says:

    Don’t see the point. You still have to press the red button. Perhaps you could explain how its a master stroke admin.

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  4. Tony Hales Says:

    Red button iPlayer is on all BBC channels not just BBC1.

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  5. Shaun Says:

    @#3 one less button to press if your on a non-BBC Channel

    As usual, there’s nothing mentioned on channel 999 about these additional channels.

    What 903 for ITV player, what’s in line for 902 ?

    (Post #1 is not by me… it’s another Shaun !)

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  6. Shaun Says:

    just as I posted, just read on channel 999…

    “BBC iplayer is now at Channel 901″

    perhaps there’s plans to remove it from BBC’s red button

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  7. admin Says:

    @Richard Crichton

    Didn’t need to press the red button when I tried on one of our boxes just a few moments ago, is it requesting you to press red each time?

    @Tony Hales

    BBC1 was just an example, but I’ve edited it to be clearer.

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  8. admin Says:

    @Shaun (#6)

    Suspect ITV wanted 903, to associate with the ‘3’ used for their main channel; rather than something already being allocated to 902 to prevent them.

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  9. Richard Crichton Says:

    @7 admin
    Yes every time on my Technisat HDFS. Says BBC iPlayer and below press (red button icon)
    @5 Shaun
    Not on the Technisat box.

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  10. Shaun Says:

    @7 On my Panasonic G20 HDTV, Channel 901 has BBC iPlayer Logo and below press red button icon.

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  11. Jon Says:

    ‘soon’

    What is it with Freesat and their inability to give a date for anything.

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  12. admin Says:

    @Jon

    It isn’t just Freesat involved in the process, in fact, it is more ITV and the manufacturer’s process, so Freesat are just going off that information.

    @Richard Crichton

    Might be my box then, but it is a ‘test’ box, not a ‘retail’ version! I’ve changed the wording so not to confuse anyone.

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  13. Richard Crichton Says:

    Ok thanks for that admin.

    @Jon
    Freesat is just an EPG. The channels do their own thing. However ITV player is on Virgin Media and BT Vision so why the delay one wonders apart from ITV’s apparent lack of commitment to Freesat.

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  14. Jon Says:

    I know Freesat is an EPG but ITV Player is to be made available on products with their branding. Launch dates getting pushed back doesn’t look too good.

    Don’t ITV own 50% of Freesat? Wouldn’t this make Freesat privy to more information than another company launching the ITV Player on their service?

    ITV Player – soon (originally announced November last year and slated for release the first half of 2010)
    More HD – soon (and has been for eight months as per the Emma Scott interview)

    Freesat are really poor when it comes to communicating to their customers, a quick flick on Channel 999 shows this.

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  15. Neil Says:

    In regards to ITV Player rollout I’m assuming there’s a testing period for compatibility with all different receivers. VM and other platforms (inc. PS3 etc) are using hardware with concurrent firmware so thus if it works ok on one STB/game console then it should be ok on all of them.

    Don’t forget with different manufacturers and different firmware etc I guess the delays are down to stability testing. Down at Freesat HQ they will have a room full of Freesat Boxes and TV’s, all which require full compatibility testing to ensure compliance and more important backwards compatibility with existing features. When it comes to implementation of things like this you can’t just rush things through. If issues are discovered which lock-up or at worse fails some STB’s (as has happened already in Freesat’s early days during an OTA software update) then it’s a costly mistake.

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  16. gingercol Says:

    Itv player is up and running on the ps3

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  17. admin Says:

    @Jon

    Don’t want to side track this news story too much but the process of bringing ITV Player to market on Freesat isn’t a straight forward one with multiple brands all meeting technical specs, but not quite in the same way. Freesat need to ensure a rollout over as much of the range of receivers as possible, and have probably learnt from the mistakes made by Panasonic and iPlayer.

    ITV might be partners in Freesat with the BBC, but Freesat isn’t “branded” by ITV or BBC, it is a separate entity, so whilst you’d think/hope/expect they are privy to more information from ITV, it doesn’t quite work that way, unfortunately.

    Fingers crossed for very early 2011 and we’ll update as soon as we have a more realistic indication.

    As for HD, well BBC1 HD was launched as per their promise, but the rest, like C4HD is down to the broadcaster. You have to remember that unlike Freeview (aerial) and Virgin (cable), Freesat is sharing the same technology (satellite) as Sky, who have such buying power that they can essentially buy any channel into encryption, and at the moment, when broadcasters are losing so much money, this option is very viable. If Freesat were throwing money at these broadcasters, they 1) wouldn’t exist, 2) would be showing favourism and 3) would have millions of tv license payers up in arms about it. Tough situation.

    As for the communication; you have us, and Freesat know that :)

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  18. Rich Says:

    And yet again I’m diasapointed to find that my (hardly inexpensive!!!!) 2009 model panasonic bluray freesat box is left behind again! Still no BBC iplayer…even my phone can get the iplayer!!! The box is actually brilliant apart from this lack of iplayer.

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  19. Brian Damage Says:

    “Panasonic sincerely apologises for the delay”

    “Panasonic is useless” (sincerely)

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  20. Steve Says:

    As always, nothing on the Panasonic. No red button or 901. Just what is the problem with them giving us the iPlayer. Humax had it months ago. I assume the engineers have been on holiday since last Christmas. All they have to do is keep us notified and we will sit back and wait (until we buy new equipment and go elsewhere).

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  21. Mat Says:

    Where is iPlayer on my 2008 Panasonic FreeSat TV? We were told to expect it in October this year but still no show. It really is very frustrating. I suspect it will never happen. Absolute rubbish.

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  22. jezB Says:

    Now broadcast for all of the UK to see on Freesat channel 901 …….

    Still no IPlayer support from Panasonic for 2008 TV’s
    and Panasonic 2009 Blue Ray recorders.

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  23. Dan Says:

    I like the idea of them being on channels! yea itv player n 4oD was realised for PS3 couple of days ago. any chance were get 4oD?

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  24. Ash Says:

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  25. ASK Says:

    jezB 22

    I purchased the Panasonic DMR 850 on June 2010, and was offered a full refund, without me asking for it, as they say, and I quote, “It has been brought to our attention that the BBC iplayer will no longer be available on your PVR.”

    I can only assume that this information came from Panasonic, so I will be surprised if these Models ever become capable of delivering BBC iplayer.

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  26. Justin Says:

    Well my 2009 Panasonic G15 is showing the new channels, and I’ve have the iplayer via the red button for a while now too :)

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  27. Russ Says:

    @ Dan 23,

    A report in What Satellite quotes freesat tech chief James Strickland as saying he is confident that freesat & channel 4 can find a way of adding 4oD to the catch-up roster.

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  28. Rozzo Says:

    @Steve 20 and others
    Do panasonic have any engineers?

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  29. Rozzo Says:

    Panasonic director of consumer marketing promised some people a meaningful reply this week, only a few more hours…

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  30. Paul. Says:

    Initially I struggled to see the benefit to adding these two channels, but then realised that the reason is not “for ease of use” or “a nice new facility” but because without a dedicated channel, ITV Player would probably not be coming to Freesat. And I suspect that iPlayer just hitched along for the ride.

    The cheapest method of ITV Player going live is for it to be a stand alone channel rather than being a Red Button facility on all of their channels. Why? Partly because I suspect writing a Player-only MHEG application will be cheaper than writing one to also handle embedded video from the off-air data stream, but mainly because there does not need to be any integration testing to ensure that the MHEG data does not conflict with Sky’s datastream. Sky wouldn’t be doing that testing for nothing as ITV Player is not yet available on Sky boxes. ITV Player will need to be rewritten for Sky boxes (Sky STBs do not use MHEG) before it will be launched on that platform.

    In addition, there are no ITV Player MHEG bandwidth requirements to deal with as ITV Player does not need to be added to each and every one of the transponders that ITV uses – some of which are rented by Sky. Judging by the signal level I am receiving 901 and 903 are on the Freesat home transponder.

    Paul.

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  31. peterhb Says:

    Just tried the new Iplayer set up on my Humax Freesat HD box. The whole thing works very well if a little slowly – lots of ‘loading..’ as you switch options.
    Alittle disappointed with the picture quality (philips 32inch full HD)although appreciate it could be down to my broadband connection(around 4Mb presently). Tried the ‘higher quality’ option and my connection delivered a very reasonable picture although still getting some mild pixellation.
    Probably won’t get any better until Bt upgrade the exchange(how many years??)

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  32. Rozzo Says:

    It all works on the Technisat HDFS; 901, red button and straight in to i-player!
    903 just has the coming in 2011 message.

    No reply from Andrew Denham, of Panasonic, as yet.

    5PM now, Poets day, then Xmas weeks, New Year, Engineers holidays for 2011, Priorities to re-fix 2010 and 2009 models, New 2011 models to launch and update etc etc should fill the time up nicely until Xmas 2011 and i-player will still not be available on 2008 TVs and 2009 recorders!

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  33. Rozzo Says:

    Prove me wrong, please, Mr Denham

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  34. terrykl Says:

    Out come the whingers yet again!!

    I can’t understand why people make a purchase on the assumption that a particular feature might be added.I recently purchased a Panasonic2010 model,
    yes iplayer enabled.It was due to be Netflix enabled but wasn’t.So it was my decision to buy or not to buy.If this feature does get added great if not then I had the option to wait until it was!!

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  35. Rozzo Says:

    @34
    Please take care to note that it is only Panasonic that have been unable to cope with this feature but confirm they intend to. All other manufacturers have upgraded. Humax had a lead as they were the original beta testing version partner. LG gave up but that also had something to do with the onboard Humax sourced tuner which they could not upgrade.
    At the time you buy, yes you buy for what is already active. The issue is that the newer products get their fixes prioritised and early adopters are left with little else to do but whinge, you would do too if you saw other products and other manufacturers getting ahead when you had paid top price for an early model.
    I hope for your sake that the 2010 models are capable of handling itv-player etc without further upgrades as those will bring delays for you and for us, especially when newer 2011 and 2012 equipment gets higher priority in the future.

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  36. Mark Aberfan Aerials Says:

    Hi,

    Im not sure if this is related but yesterday the bt vision box in my office underwent a software update & when it was done it had put a placeholder for bbc iplayer at epg position 990. like i said i dont know if its connected but its strange it happened the same day as it did on freesat.

    Mark Aberfan Aerials

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  37. Rozzo Says:

    Andrew Denham has however now replied
    http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?p=46638148
    but no date

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  38. ian Says:

    All a welcome addition, but your screwed if your net is poxy and far away from the exchange. . . . . .like me! :-( so it’s buffering, and yet more buffering, and guess whaaaat, more, flaming, buffering :-(

    As for 4OD, i think that will be like the Channel4HD, they can do it, but will take way to long about it!!

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  39. Justin Says:

    What speed are you getting Ian? I’m in a rural area and get a speedy 1.5Mb (5.5km from the exchange). Yet I can still stream iplayer in high quality without buffering :-)

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  40. ian Says:

    not even that @Justin #39, put it this way, snails run faster that what i get speed wise! its embarrasing :-( its somewhere in the region of just above/just below 1mb, it depends on the day tbh, so if i want to watch something, its download only for me, unless i want to sit through the picture stopping and that bleeding buffering onscreen!

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  41. ian Says:

    not even that @Justin #39, put it this way, snails run faster that what i get speed wise! its embarrasing :-( its somewhere in the region of just above/just below 1mb, it depends on the day tbh, so if i want to watch something, its download only for me, unless i want to sit through the picture stopping and that bleeding buffering onscreen!!

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  42. Shaun Says:

    update to post #10, my Panasonic now has a press the red button option when channel 901 is selected (no I player logo), which then takes you into iplayer

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  43. Neil Says:

    Shaun: I’m sure it had a ‘BBC Red Button’ red button icon and iPlayer logo yesterday, have they changed it since Friday lunchtime?

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  44. Shaun Says:

    @43…. yep, they sure have…..

    red button icon is now simiar to that for enetring chanel 999

    No iplayer logo now, however, pressing red button, takes you into iplayer without any problems.

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  45. Rob H Says:

    bbc iplayer working for me on 901 – I might be in the frame to be a tester for ITV Player, nothing confirmed yet so watch this space.

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  46. Jon Says:

    I cannot get these two new ‘channels’ every time I turn my box on i get the message that new channels are available. I then scan but it finds nothing and 901 and 903 are not available. I’ve also noticed I’ve lost channel 999 could this have anything to do with it? A load of ice slipped off my roof and hit my dish, it probably needs realigning.

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  47. Neil Says:

    Sounds like your dish is off pan. That must have been some big piece of ice if it’s knocked your Sat Dish off alignment!!

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  48. Kevin Ver1 Says:

    Is the dish covered with snow and what size is it? If you have a small dish then heavy rain can affect reception. I had some snow settle on the LNB last year and that affected my signal. I just used a broom to brush the snow off. Worth taking a look as this time of year is not the best time to adjust a dish!

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  49. ian Says:

    Just be sure not to be to hard when you clear the dish with the mother-in-law’s broom :-) or you’ll knock the dish off alignment and have no telly at all!
    (ian learned that lesson not so long ago, and nearly feel off the ladder putting it right!!)

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  50. Neil Says:

    Rob H: How did you manage to get on the closed testing list for ITV Player? I’ve declared an interest in R&D testing myself on their questionnaires but never been offered as of yet.

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  51. Bribren Says:

    My Humax Freesat HDR has downloaded the BBC and ITV players.
    Can anyone tell me if I can use the ethernet connection on the back of the Humax to connect directly to my internet router to access these channels.

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  52. Jerry Says:

    How can I configure my Humax Foxsat-HD box to receive iPlayer via a selective proxy, the reason being; I am a TV License payer temporarily residing overseas?

    I have configured my Humax Foxsat-HD box correctly, can display the iPlayer home page, can select a programme, but clicking displays “loading” indefinitely. I presume the “not available in your area” message is not displayed.

    I am able to use a selective proxy from my PC over my broadband connection.

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  53. Jon Says:

    Dish is just outside upstairs window so really easy to brush the snow off so it’s not the snow. Next doors dish had the lnb ripped off so guess I was lucky. I’ve lost all my guttering of the house front and back as well. I only have the small Sky dish and struggle with a few channels reception normally. Would it be worth getting a new larger dish?

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  54. Paul. Says:

    Good dish alignment is crucial for the frequencies around the part of the spectrum that the Freesat Home Transponder uses. You’ll probably find you’ve lost Bloomberg, 143, 801 and 814 too.

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  55. Jon Says:

    Yeah as well as CBS channels taking a hit on picture quality, very prone to break up now. I’ll wait for this new lot is snow to shift before getting someone out to fix it.

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  56. Chris Says:

    Has anyone tried accessing the iplayer via these new channels on on a LG TV,???
    I was at my parents today who have a LG Freesat TV, you can see channels 901 and 903, when I selected 901 it prompted me to press the red button, as they don’t have it hooked up to the router yet the error message just came back “no internet connection”

    I just wondered if anyone had got is working on a LG set??

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  57. Neil Says:

    Chris, unfortunately LG TV’s don’t support IPTV (Video on Demand) so iPlayer won’t work on them. If they contact LG directly they are supplying Freesat STB’s to LG customers who’ve purchased TV’s to enable functionality. Check out Channel 999, there’s a contact number listed on there and some info about the LG TV’s.

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  58. Neil Says:

    According to a post on DS it appears ITV Player has finally arrived as a trial to Humax STB owners, unfortunately I can’t confirm this as I’ve not got a Humax to hand and my parents (who have one) haven’t got Broadband set up at their new home yet either.

    Can anyone else confirm?

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  59. Derek (original) Says:

    @58 Neil

    My Humax HDR still shows the “Arriving soon in 2011″ message on the ITV Player channel (903)

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  60. bobble Says:

    Panasonic GW20 TV playing 901 via red button fine. It is actually more stable so far than previously on the red button beta on red 7001. (you would expect problems on beta and less on official channel and this seems to be the case)

    I Applied firmware upgrade 2702-10300 the other week, so maybe this has helped also.

    If you have old panasonic box then go to pana web site and look for the rollout of the firmware upgrades for iPlayer. Search for your model, they are rolling out newer boxes first then older 2009, 2008 boxes after. It is not bas service from Panasonic.

    Freesat is not on its own with poor comms, plenty of other companies out there. They also don’t want to announce a date and not hit it, even worse rebuke from the public.

    Be thankful if you don’t have a HTC phone that is more then 2 months old! :-). No comms at all and no upgrades – please buy a new phone if you want software upgrades.

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  61. Paul Says:

    @Jon

    Jon, I used to have pretty naff picture on some channels, especially in strong rain / snow, with some channels disappearing completely. We live in Berkshire, so the standard dish should have been OK and it was certainly aligned correctly [I have a meter]. So, last year I got onto eBay and found a new 60cm dish complete with new quad LNB and installed it myself. No problems at all. I now have a perfect 95-100% [subject to broadcast quality of course] picture on all channels and even in the worst of weather and snow all over the dish, signal strength and quality has not dropped below 80%. It has been £25 very, very well spent.

    Regards

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  62. Neil Says:

    It seems only registered Beta testers of ITV Player are currently gaining access to the service so apologies for that, you can never trust DS posters!!!

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  63. Jon Says:

    @Paul

    Cheers, I will look to get a bigger dish installed in the new year, I’ll have to get an installer round to do it though, I cannot be trusted to change a plug.

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  64. .123. Says:

    @57, according to LG’s literature, its LF7700 range does support IPTV, thats what the ethernet sockets for…..

    but then, with them supplying Humax boxes, then they’ve admitted that the TV isn’t what its spec’d up to be.

    Mine got refunded, after fed up with their lies of the software coming soon…..

    At least my replacement TV has been what it’s been advertised to do, now just waiting for ITV player to start….

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  65. ian Says:

    “bobble” i have an HTC and have had more updates than any other phone ever all OTA, have you checked their site? is your phone set to recieve updates???. I even had one this morning by the way HTC are selective on updates they use a roll out system based on IMEI.

    Hope this helps

    ps i have a Desire and HD2

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  66. kdbur Says:

    Hello, I am operating on a one lnb so I never got the iplayer until now….or so I thought. I have connected my tv, blu ray and Humax PVR to my modem by ethernet cable but I am , after going onto channel 901 and pressing the red button told I have no internet connection. I have tuned but still no joy……any ideas?

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  67. Jon Says:

    Is anyone here taking part in the ITV Player beta? What’s the service like compared to the Iplayer?

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  68. .123. Says:

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  69. Garry Proctor Says:

    To me it seems better than bbci player better planned out picture quality looks very good have found you cant fast forward the ads but can the actual programme.Menus look very neat and tidy pleasure to use so far.

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  70. Neil Says:

    I presume this probably only works currently on Humax boxes?? Will give it a go when I’m back home later on.

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  71. Tony Says:

    I look forward to the day when we get decent broadband speeds where we live. At 2mg max it makes me wonder if any of this (any i-player) will be any good .
    Dont fancy watching a stop start screen for very long. Is it possible for the bbc & itv to run their i-players through freesat when extra space becomes available from the new satellite next year ! Surely this would be a better idea ..

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  72. Richard Crichton Says:

    @70 Neil
    I tried it on my Technisat and it came up with ‘ The service is not currently available for this device (10002)’.
    @71 Tony
    Test your broadband suitabity here http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/diagnostics
    1500kbps is fast enough for SD TV but not HD.

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  73. Alan Me Says:

    Dear Alan,

    Thank you for your response.

    ITV and Freesat are currently in the testing process before the full launch which is expected sometime in 2011.

    Unfortunately we have no further information on this. Please keep an eye on our press office website for further information .Came this morning 31/12/2010
    http://www.itv.com/presscentre/default.html

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  74. Derek (original) Says:

    #67 Jon

    Accessing via the details in post 68, on my Humax HDR, ITV Player seems to work consistently on a broadband speed of 1.6 Mbps. (I haven’t found an option for resolution as in the BBC’s i-Player). User interface is different to i-Player but easy to get used to. Will post more when I have used it more (if there is more to be said)

    It’s great to have the convenience of both major catchup services on my TV screen. Thank you freesat for providing us with free multi-channel TV, free HD TV and free TV catchup services.

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  75. JA Says:

    How to access the ITV Player on Freesat Service:

    · Go to Freesat Information Channel 999

    · Enter the following sequence of colour keys on your remote:

    Green

    Green

    Blue

    Green

    Green

    · On being presented with the ITV Player launch page, press the red button to start:

    · On the home page, use the arrow keys to navigate the menu. Press either OK or the right arrow key to access the selected menu item

    · Use the arrow keys to navigate the required programme. Press either OK to view the content or the right arrow key to access more episodes where available. Use the yellow button for more programme information or the blue button for Help & Terms.

    · Use the Back button to navigate back through the service or the Exit button to completely exit the service.

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  76. Al Catraz Says:

    68: doesn’t work on a panny – there’s a surprise ;)

    the en goes blank (promising) followed by “loading” (more promising), but that’s all you get.

    Oh well, we panny people know the value of patience!

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  77. Al Catraz Says:

    “en” should be “screen”

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  78. Richard Crichton Says:

    @75 Nothing on ITV worth watching though (IMHO) and its bad enough having to watch the adverts on the live broadcast but at least there you can switch channels when they are on but with the ITV player you can’t fast forward through the ads or switch channels. Can’t see me ever using ITV player. A useful addition to Freesat all the same for some people.

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  79. Phil B Says:

    Just tried out the ITV Player Beta on a Humax box and it seems to work very well. My broadband is only 2mb but seemed to be stutter free and useable. However as Richard says not sure would use it much unless my mother was staying. Happy New Year everyone

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  80. Brad Says:

    Just tired this on my Sony tv with built in Freesat. Looks like it is going to load then, ITV player service not yet available comes on the screen Code 10001. Almost there lol

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  81. Bribren Says:

    BBC i player is working perfect on my Humax Foxsat HDR, but unable to access ITV player.

    Have tried to access as post 75 but when I try Channel 999 I get ” number not found”.

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  82. Shawny Says:

    as some models of TVs/receivers cannot access BBC iplayer (and I assume also ITV player when available), these two channels should have on their ‘splash’ screen a notice stating which devices cannot access these services.

    e.g. LG LF7700 TV’s, etc….

    I assume these can see channels 901 & 903

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  83. .123. Says:

    @82 I agree

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  84. STEPHEN BAMFORTH Says:

    I recently returned from holiday to find that BBC iplayer is no longer working or accessable from the red button on any BBC channel. Finding both 901 and 903 channels I tried the BBC channel 901 and found that all I get is the announcement saying internet connection not available. I have a Humax set and used mains socket adaptors previously to my router with no problem.
    Has anyone else had this experience?

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  85. Maurice W Says:

    @84. I had the same problem but found that my satellite dish was slightly mis-aligned following strong winds. A tiny nudge on the dish and problem solved. Hope this helps you.

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  86. Stephen Bamforth Says:

    @85 Thanks Maurice, will get my ladder out when it’s a bit drier and lighter…

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  87. Maurice W Says:

    @85 and86 Stephen .No need to get your ladder out. You can check signal strength and quality as follows. On your Humax box select channel 901 BBC iPlayer or 999 Freesat information page,click menu on your remote which takes you to Settings,scroll down to System,scroll right to Diagnostics and press OK. You should then see Signal Strength and Quality at the bottom of the page. If these are OK then disc mis-alignment is not causing your problem. I get IPlayer on Channel 901and ITV player on channel 999 with signal strength at 100% but quality at only 40-50%. I use mains plug adaptors to my router and Humax STB.

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  88. Mark Dean Says:

    Well I used to get Iplayer OK. Now I get nothing via the Humax Freesat HDR.

    I just get a black screen. TV Signal and quality are about 90%+

    No, ” Press Red Button “, just a black screen.

    All other channels seem ok, just no iplayer on itv player either via HDR.

    Have recycled the power on the HDR, no change, same with the Dlink Router.

    Why cant I get anything at all?

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  89. STEPHEN BAMFORTH Says:

    @87, thanks Maurice, I have tried this and get strenth 100%,quality 80% similar to other channels however all the primary BBC and ITV channels are 100% quality. Noticed when looking on the Network settings that only the bottom parameter setting is present, all others like router ip address are zero values.
    When I originally used the Mains plug adaptors the iplayer came up working automatically when physically connected. I am wondering if all the data now needs putting in on the network option. When I get a chance I will get my router connected directly to the Humax box via RJ45 cable and have a play.

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  90. Random Biro Says:

    When I select BBC iplayer via channel 901, I can access all of the programmes, etc…. but when I select “Watch Now”, I am greated with the message “Getting Ready to play….” and it just sits there displaying that message.

    However, If I access BBC iplayer via the Red Button (via channels 101, 202, etc” I have no problems in watching the selected programme.

    Is there a fault with channel 901 ?

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  91. Shawny Says:

    same here on my Panasonic G20 TV.

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  92. KeithB Says:

    Same problem for me with Panasonic G10. Channel 901 was working 2 days ago when first connected the ethernet cable. Yesterday the same message as above “Getting Ready to play….” appeared. Works fine via the other channels. Must be a software problem?

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  93. KeithB Says:

    Update. Would you believe Channel 901 has started working again!…….and I never touched a thing.

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  94. Shawny Says:

    yep, same here on my G20

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  95. Petros Says:

    Does anyone else find the speed of iPlayer pretty diabolical. I have a Humax PVR and a (typically) 6mb connection yet it takes an age to access/play programmes. Is this likely to be a permanent issue or will they “turn up the volume”?

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  96. PD Says:

    I have a Humax HDR and post 75 works thanks JA , does anyone have any tips for unlocking any other hidden stuff ?

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  97. AlanS Says:

    ITV beta player is not working on my humax. When will the service be available in N Ireland?

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